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Leadership Skills Matrix

Leadership skills are essential skills that leaders demonstrate in performance. Employers will specifically look for these skills on your resume. You may not possess all of these skills but you can develop them in graduate school by participating in class activities, volunteering, completing an internship and by learning from the resources gathered here for your self-exploration. Leadership skills are listed here in four broad groups. Each group consists of several more specific skills.  Click on the dimensions below to access a variety of information in each skill area.

Managing Self

Managing People

Managing Tasks and Resources

Mobilizing Innovation and Change

Personal Organization and Time Management Team Management Planning and Organizing Creating Visions
Communication Skills: Public Speaking Skills, Presentation Skills, Writing Skills Conflict Management Decision Making Managing Change
Work Ethic Interpersonal Competence Delegating Problem Solving



Evers, F.T., Rush, J. C., & Berdrow, I. (1998). The bases of competence: skills for lifelong learning and employability. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Northouse, P. G. (2009). Introduction to leadership: concepts and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.